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June 27, 2007

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Teachers on campus to create student investigators
As announced last February, a National Science Foundation grant is funding the "Creating Student (and teacher) Investigators" Summer Institute at ASU. The 28 high school and junior high school teachers, who are from school districts throughout the north and central part of the state, are learning how to integrate basic science concepts and investigative techniques using a forensics perspective. More than 100 students are participating, also. Dr. Karen Yanowitz, Psychology and Counseling, is grant director.  In addition to the NSF funding, the NEA Rural and Delta Institutes for Math/Science Education based at ASU is providing support. Check out the project Web page for details.

Dr. Engelken presents paper with students
Dr. Robert Engelken, Electrical Engineering, presented the paper, "A New Tri-solvent Bath for Chemical Bath Deposition of Low Hazard, Photosensitive Bismuth (III) Sulfide Films" at the 211th meeting of the ElectDr. Robert Engelkenrochemical Society recently in Chicago. The presentation was co-authored by electrical engineering undergraduate research assistants Michael Sattler, Clark Marle, David Harlan, Matthew Lemay and Matthew Pruitt. These students have worked with Engelken in the ASU Optoelectronic Materials Research Laboratory. The presentation dealt with the groupís development of a new low cost and low hazard chemical solution for formation of light-sensing photocells from the deposited bismuth sulfide thin films. Lemay and Harlan also received first and second place, respectively, in "Excellence in Scholarship for Undergraduate Physical Sciences" for their presentations on complementary research on other semiconductors at the 91st annual meeting of the Arkansas Academy of Science.

Lawrence prepares guide for business people in Guard
Herb Lawrence
, Small Business Herb LawrenceDevelopment Center, has compiled the "Arkansas National Guard Business Mobilization Planning Guide" to assist Guard members who are business owners preparing for deployment to military duty. He also is participating in screenings for the Guard at Camp Robinson, and he participated in a news conference to announce the availability of the guide, which is available on the Arkansas SBDC Web site. An estimated 10 percent of Guard personnel are business owners.

ASU scientists will take us to the movies
As a way to further promote public appreciation and understanding of science, the departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry and Physics are announcing a film series beginning in August. "Science Flicks" will feature one popular film each month, followed by a panel discussion about the science that is featured in the film. The first presentation will be "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. in Lab Science 219. Other films in the series will include "The China Syndrome," "Real Genius," "Twister," and several others. For more details about the series, watch for an article Sunday by Dr. John M. Pratte, Chemistry and Physics, and Dr. Al Romero, Biological Sciences, in the science series published by The Jonesboro Sun.

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